Intermission: Namor

I know what you love most about Namor: his abs.  And second?  Punching, most likely.  But we all know the third admiration on that list: his political problem-solving.  So in a short story from Dark Reign: The Cabal one-shot, written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Carmine di Giandomenico, we get to see Namor in the position we always prefer to see him in: king (and a lazy sex joke).

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Namor sits like I do at work.  Seriously, these Atlanteans should know better.  Namor almost certainly left two mermaids and a DVD copy of Poseidon back in his chambers.  To have to solve petty arguments is what biblical kings do, not scantily-clad sea monarchs.  I’m saying Namor’s royal jewels are firmly on display, just not on his head.

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Just like Game of Thrones, right?  Shall we recap Marvel’s Atlanteans?  They’re blue as you’ve noticed, complete with slightly stronger, tougher bodies and a longer life-span than humans.  Also, they can’t survive out of water for more than a few minutes.  Luckily, Namor’s half-Atlantean and half human, so he can do that whole breathe air thing.  Though stick the Sub-Mariner in a desert and he’s useless — the dude still have to be moist all the time.  All the time.

Oh, and with one more twist about this kid’s superpowers about to revealed, shall we revel in Namor’s judgement?  If anything, he has plenty of practice in bossing people around.

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Meet Crosta.  I looked him up.  That’s the kid’s name.  He has appeared in sixteen comic book issues, all as a minor character.  And truthfully, this story’s more about Namor imposing his will than anything related to Crosta.  And of course Namor makes the right choice, because (sometimes) he’s a superhero.  Currently in comics nowadays?  He’s acting as a mini-Galactus, so y’know, not well.

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Now if you’ll excuse Namor, he has some mermaids to bang.

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2 Comments on “Intermission: Namor”

  1. FuryOfFirestorm says:

    Atlanteans can exist on land if they consume a potion that was created by them. As a nice side effect, it turns their blue skin to a Caucasian skin tone. The downside is that the potion’s effects are temporary, so they have to consume it every so often or else suffocate on land.

  2. Jeremy Sander says:

    Every now and then Marvel remembers what a fantastic character Namor has become and what rich history he has… but before too long they go back to using him as a fool or a joke or a disposable villain.

    I am not saying he’s the greatest ever or anything (a fish woman and a human male create offspring with little ankle wings that make him fly? what? how? why?) but some consistency would be nice.


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